May 8

5 More habits.


Intermittent Fasting

There’s a whole lot of studies that have explored the benefits of intermittent fasting. People do it for 3 reasons:

·        It burns more fat and catalyses weight loss.

·        It improves my mental clarity and concentration.

·        It helps people practice willpower.

Habit tracking

“Consistency is the key to achieving and maintaining momentum.” — Darren Hardy

Whatever it is you want to achieve in your life, there’s only one thing that will get you there: consistency. And what’s the best way to stay consistent? Use a habit tracker. Habit-tracking is the act of tracking your habits so you can measure your progress as you work toward creating sustainable change.

Living “Slow”

Living slow means listening to your body and giving it the rest it deserves. It means sleeping 8 hours a night. It means not forcing myself to go exercise if I’m tired. It means refusing to reach a level of exhaustion.You can build a habit of living slow only when you begin to see what can only be felt with the heart. Living slow means not rushing your mornings, but rather waking up earlier to enjoy your “slow” start to your day. It doesn’t mean “being lazy”; it means actively working towards your goals one day at a time, one small step at a time. Living slow means living without self-inflicted pressure. You can build a habit of living slow only when you begin to see what can only be felt with the heart: the music in the sounds of chirping birds, the joy of sitting around a dinner table with your friends, the beauty of a sinking sunset.

Reading at Least One Article a Day

Reading expands our mind and boosts our creative imagination. While I aim to finish one new book a month by reading a few pages every day, there are days when I just don’t find the time to open a book and read. That’s when I turn to an article online. The idea is simple: There’s a wealth of knowledge out there and the more input I consume, the more output I can produce, so I do my best to read every day and learn something new — even if that means only reading a 500-word article.

Drinking at Least 500 mL of Water Before I Go To Sleep and After I Wake Up

About 60% of your body is comprised of water, and since our body loses water regularly (due to sweat, caffeine, urine), we need to compensate for these losses to avoid dehydration. Drink 500mL of water before going to bed and first thing in the morning. It helps you stay hydrated, flushes out toxins and keeps your skin healthy. For me, drinking water before I go to sleep helps me wake up earlier (dehydration makes you tired) and in the mornings, it wakes up my system.

30-Minute Exercise Sessions

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” — Jim Rohn. 

Sometimes, I’m lazy. Sometimes, I’m tired. Sometimes, I’m just not in the mood.

And on those days, I might not exercise. But as with any habit mentioned above, I do my best not to break it more than twice in a row.

The most important thing is to move every day. On weekdays I go to the gym for a 30-minute workout session. On the days that I don’t, I go for a 10-minute walk around the block.

On weekends I go on a nature stroll through a park. The habit of exercise has kept me healthy thus far into my life. It’s scientifically proven to be an instant mood booster and stress-reducer. In fact, it even helps you stop overthinking. So whatever you decide to do, keep moving.


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